48 hour film festival

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The Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance and the Griffon Film Society are hosting the Seventh Annual 48-hour Film Festival next month.

The weekend will start with a kickoff meeting at 6:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 2, in Spratt 201. Each team will then randomly select a genre for their project by picking out of a hat.

Organizers will also announce a prop, a line of dialogue and a character that must be included in each film. All writing, shooting and editing must occur within the 48-hour window from 6:00 p.m. Nov. 2 through 6:00 p.m. Nov. 4. 

Sophomore Angel Edwards explains what 48-hour Film Festival is.

“The 48-hour Film Festival is an event where multiple teams disperse and create a film within 48 hours.” Edwards said. “This includes pre and post production. The film’s are later showed in a public screening and multiple positions are up for awards.” 

Although the competition will not be happening until November, there will be three mixers available beforehand so students can find crew members and the crew members can find teams. All established team leaders are in attendance if they are looking for another member.

The purpose of the mixers is to get as many people involved in the event as possible. 

Dalyn Le Grand, 48-hour Film Festival participant, talks about why the mixers are important, and how they are going to be set up.

“One out of the three mixers will be like speed dating style.” Le Grand said. “There will be someone from a team sitting at tables and you will go around to each team and tell them what you want to do and list your strength and weaknesses. After that, teams will be able to decide if they need you on their team or not. Then, the other mixers will be used for talking with others and getting to know who you can.” 

Mixer one will be on Oct. 4, at 6:00 p.m., in Spratt 101; mixer two will be on Oct. 19, at 7:00 p.m., in Spratt 101; and mixer three will be on Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m., in Potter 107.

The competition is open to all area high school and university students and the local community. Community teams are welcome, however at least one theatre, cinema and dance student is required to be on each team.

Edwards is glad that she gets the experience of the 48-hour Film Festival.

“This would benefit students because it is a very social event.” Edwards said. “You could end up spending literally 48 hours with a group of people. It also expands their horizons on a very under-appreciated art.” 

To top off the event, there will be an awards ceremony on Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in Potter Theatre. During the red carpet awards ceremony and screening, prizes will be awarded to the top teams selected by a panel of judges as well as an audience choice award. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

If you are interested in participating in the 48-hour Film Festival, teams must be registered by 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. For more information, be sure to visit the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance webpage.